There is probably no one in India who is not a fan of Arijit Singh. Everybody is well aware of his versatility and his voice which is so soothing and enthralling. Today on his birthday, it gives us an excuse to look at the artist’s career history and how he became the most widely loved playback singer in the realm of Bollywood.
To begin with, Arijit Singh started his career as a contestant of the singing reality show Fame Gurukul in 2005, when he was 18 years old. Having grown up in West Bengal’s Murshidabad, he was trained in classical music under Rajendra Prasad Hazari. And it was his guru who insisted that he audition for the show because “classical music was a dying tradition”. Though Singh couldn’t win Fame Gurukul, he then entered another reality show, 10 Ke 10 Le Gaye Dil, a musical face-off between the winners of Fame Gurukul and Indian Idol. Singh not only won the battle of the titans, but also a prize money of Rs 10 lakh.
In 2010, he started working with hit machine Pritam on three films—Golmaal 3, Crook and Action Replayy. Subsequently, ‘Duaa’ (Shanghai) brought him to the notice of many music composers, including those who gave him ‘Tum Hi Ho’ a year later. ‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ (Barfi!) earned him his first Filmfare nomination in 2013. “But it was Aashiqui 2 that ” that gave him this popular fame and the position in which he stands today. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song Tum Hi Ho from the Bollywood film Aashiqui 2. “After ‘Tum Hi Ho’, audiences discovered Arijit’s earlier songs.” He was found by the mass audience and widely appreciated. He has sung more than 120 Bollywood songs and won more than 15 several music awards. He continues to be the King of Indian Bollywood Playback Singer. We are hopeful to hear more heart touching songs from him in the near future.